Everton plan talks with striker after reported snub, hopeful deal can be done - reliable journalist
By Harvey Byrne
Everton are planning further talks with star striker Romelu Lukaku after reports broke on Tuesday that he had snubbed a new deal, according to a reliable journalist.
The 23-year-old currently has a deal that runs until 2019 after joining from Chelsea in the summer of 2014 for a club record £28million.
The Toffees are keen to ensure they secure the future of their star man before his value plummets as his contract ticks down, but Times correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on Tuesday on his personal Twitter account that the striker has told the club he will not be signing a new deal.
Romelu Lukaku has told Everton he will not sign a new contract.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) March 14, 2017
This caused mass frustration and despair among the Everton fan base, but Phil McNulty, the chief football writer for the BBC has since claimed on his personal Twitter account that the contract offer still remains on the table for Lukaku with hopes of an agreement being reach after new talks.
Everton's contract offer to Lukaku remains on the table & they have still not given up hope agreement can be reached after further talks….
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) March 14, 2017
Lukaku has been the standout star for Everton for a number of years now, bringing a stunning return of 81 goals and 28 assists in 156 encounters since his initial loan spell in 2013
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This season alone he has netted a very commendable 20 goals and six assists in 29 outings for Ronald Koeman’s team and fans will be hoping for many more in the future.
In other Everton news, here are two players the Toffees could replace Lukaku with.